Put on your Gunnars and get out your Wacom, it's Photoshop time!
This is the home stretch of this project. Editing in Photoshop is the last major step in the process. Today we'll edit the doll base and next week we'll edit an outfit. After editing, I plan on putting a bit of text in there from each tale & about each character. Then, it'll be publishing time!
First things first. I scanned my watercolor paintings on my Canon Pixma scanner/printer. I scanned each image twice to guarantee that I got all of the image. Sometimes the top or bottom of a page will get cut off and it's nice to have another image available. I painted these on 9 inch by 12 inch paper, the max that my scanner can handle. I scan my images at 600dpi and resize the edited image to 300dpi, which is the recommended dpi for printed images. Every scanner is different and sometimes you need to tweak the settings to get the colors just right.
I'm working with Photoshop CS4. I have the current version of PS but it crashes my computer so I choose to use an older version. Use any image editing software that you're comfortable with!
I like to edit the doll base first. This gives me an idea of how to correct the colors on the outfit pages or what needs to be resized.
Here are the two scans of the doll base. And this is one I take multiple scans! The image on the left is the first scan. Part of the base was cut off. The image on the right is my second scan. The line on the bottom of the base isn't straight, so that's the first thing I'm going to fix.
Add a guideline to the base to determine where the corrected straight line needs to go.
I want to isolate my signature on another layer as well so that I can put it in its final location later. Just select it and cut or copy it to a new layer.
Some artists will use a mask to isolate the image from the background. I choose to erase the background. Either method works. As always, I suggest you keep an unedited image just in case you need it!
I like to add a layer under the doll and fill it with a ridiculous color. I want to see if there are any stray bits of background that I might have missed. At this point, I merged the corrected line onto the doll layer.
[Insert Frozen viewing with my kids here. And some singing. Seriously - how can anyone NOT sing along with this movie?!]
And.... background removed!
The background has been completely removed. Be careful if you choose to erase like I do - there's no going back! Once the pixels are gone, they're gone. Erase carefully.
Next week we'll look at editing an outfit!